“Once again it is the unarmed civilian population, which is in the eye of the storm, victimized in the name of a falsely construed right to self-defense, invoked after an escalation of violence provoked in the face of the entire international community.” — Joint declaration by over 140 international legal experts (including attorneys from our ally, the Center for Constitutional Rights) denouncing the Israeli government’s collective punishment of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip. The declaration recalls that “the entire population of the Gaza Strip, for over seven years, has been virtually imprisoned by the regime of closures imposed by Israel,” and urges the governmental leaders of Palestine to invoke the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/international-collective-punishment.html

“Once again it is the unarmed civilian population, which is in the eye of the storm, victimized in the name of a falsely construed right to self-defense, invoked after an escalation of violence provoked in the face of the entire international community.” 

— Joint declaration by over 140 international legal experts (including attorneys from our ally, the Center for Constitutional Rights) denouncing the Israeli government’s collective punishment of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip. The declaration recalls that “the entire population of the Gaza Strip, for over seven years, has been virtually imprisoned by the regime of closures imposed by Israel,” and urges the governmental leaders of Palestine to invoke the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court: http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/international-collective-punishment.html

An incredible map showing all 595 known indigenous tribes as they existed before European contact across what is now the United States. 150 of these nations now have no descendants. "In general in the United states, Americans are very ignorant about Native American history… In my small way, making this map is to reinforce the true history of the injustice and the genocide that occurred,” says Aaron Carapella, the map’s creator. Explore it at http://aaron-carapella.squarespace.com/

An incredible map showing all 595 known indigenous tribes as they existed before European contact across what is now the United States. 150 of these nations now have no descendants. 

"In general in the United states, Americans are very ignorant about Native American history… In my small way, making this map is to reinforce the true history of the injustice and the genocide that occurred,” says Aaron Carapella, the map’s creator. 

Explore it at http://aaron-carapella.squarespace.com/

#FreeShawkan!Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a 27-year-old Egyptian freelance photographer professionally known as Shawkan, was beaten and arrested last August for covering a violent police break-up of a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration. He has been detained without charges for nearly a year, and is now in the same prison as the Al Jazeera staff who are the focus of the #FreeAJStaffcampaign. Like and follow the “Freedom for Shawkan” Facebook page, and read this article his friend wrote to learn more about his work and his struggle.https://www.facebook.com/FreedomforShawkanhttp://lifethroughthecameralens.com/2013/11/01/nobody-owns-a-photojournalist/

#FreeShawkan!

Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a 27-year-old Egyptian freelance photographer professionally known as Shawkan, was beaten and arrested last August for covering a violent police break-up of a Muslim Brotherhood demonstration. He has been detained without charges for nearly a year, and is now in the same prison as the Al Jazeera staff who are the focus of the #FreeAJStaffcampaign. 

Like and follow the “Freedom for Shawkan” Facebook page, and read this article his friend wrote to learn more about his work and his struggle.

https://www.facebook.com/FreedomforShawkan

http://lifethroughthecameralens.com/2013/11/01/nobody-owns-a-photojournalist/

"Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one — a third-rail issue that could end the career of any politician foolish enough to touch it." Now, all that has changed.Read about how social movements can win more victories like this one at Waging Nonviolence!! http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/pillars-fall-social-movements-can-win-victories-like-sex-marriage/

"Not long ago, same-sex marriage in America was not merely an unpopular cause; it was a politically fatal one — a third-rail issue that could end the career of any politician foolish enough to touch it." Now, all that has changed.

Read about how social movements can win more victories like this one at Waging Nonviolence!! 

http://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/pillars-fall-social-movements-can-win-victories-like-sex-marriage/

"As a result of Israel’s illegal closure of the Gaza Strip – now in place for an unimaginable 7 years – 60% of Gaza’s population are unpaid or unemployed; 85% of the population depend on food aid distributed by international organizations. The destruction caused during Operation Cast Lead – and in subsequent operations, including the 2012 offensive Pillar of Defence – is still not fully repaired. As the bombs fall, they add rubble to rubble; another generation of destruction. An already weakened infrastructure, particularly hospitals, makes it a struggle for people to cope.” - Raji Sourani of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Violence has gone on too long – we have lost all hope http://bit.ly/1jmgLSO

"As a result of Israel’s illegal closure of the Gaza Strip – now in place for an unimaginable 7 years – 60% of Gaza’s population are unpaid or unemployed; 85% of the population depend on food aid distributed by international organizations. The destruction caused during Operation Cast Lead – and in subsequent operations, including the 2012 offensive Pillar of Defence – is still not fully repaired. As the bombs fall, they add rubble to rubble; another generation of destruction. An already weakened infrastructure, particularly hospitals, makes it a struggle for people to cope.” 

- Raji Sourani of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights: Violence has gone on too long – we have lost all hope http://bit.ly/1jmgLSO

A small bit of humanity…Amid Gaza rocket fire, hundreds of Israelis console family of slain Arab teen."In the tent, an unidentified Palestinian man took the microphone and thanked the crowd for coming….“We haven’t allowed government representatives to come here because we felt their condolences were insincere. But we’ve welcomed you because you understand the extent of the crime.”….One student: “Anyone who comes to something like this wants to express his feelings, to tell the family how sorry he his. I may not have perpetrated the crime, but I think I have a moral obligation as a member of the group that did.”http://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-gaza-rocket-fire-hundreds-of-israelis-console-family-of-slain-arab-teen/

A small bit of humanity…

Amid Gaza rocket fire, hundreds of Israelis console family of slain Arab teen.

"In the tent, an unidentified Palestinian man took the microphone and thanked the crowd for coming….

“We haven’t allowed government representatives to come here because we felt their condolences were insincere. But we’ve welcomed you because you understand the extent of the crime.”
….

One student: “Anyone who comes to something like this wants to express his feelings, to tell the family how sorry he his. I may not have perpetrated the crime, but I think I have a moral obligation as a member of the group that did.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/amid-gaza-rocket-fire-hundreds-of-israelis-console-family-of-slain-arab-teen/

Spoof of ADL ad justifying attack on Gaza goes viralOccupy Judaism wrote: “Yesterday ADL - Anti-Defamation League took to social media to justify Israel’s military actions in Gaza (https://twitter.com/ADL_National/status/486604975146291200), which have thus far killed 61 Palestinians, including 20 children, and injured 500. It is shameful that one of the leading national Jewish organizations has effectively called for an escalation of violence, thereby advocating for the death of more innocents on both sides of the green line. This is particularly so because, as we learn in Pirkei Avot, the Jewish people are instructed to “Be of the disciples of Aaron—a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves creation and draws all close to Torah.” So Occupy Judaism’s Daniel Sieradski decided to broaden the conversation by remixing the ADL’s poster. You’ll never guess what happened next.”http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/spoof-adl-ad-justifying-attack-gaza-goes-viral

Spoof of ADL ad justifying attack on Gaza goes viral

Occupy Judaism wrote: “Yesterday ADL - Anti-Defamation League took to social media to justify Israel’s military actions in Gaza (https://twitter.com/ADL_National/status/486604975146291200), which have thus far killed 61 Palestinians, including 20 children, and injured 500. It is shameful that one of the leading national Jewish organizations has effectively called for an escalation of violence, thereby advocating for the death of more innocents on both sides of the green line. This is particularly so because, as we learn in Pirkei Avot, the Jewish people are instructed to “Be of the disciples of Aaron—a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves creation and draws all close to Torah.” So Occupy Judaism’s Daniel Sieradski decided to broaden the conversation by remixing the ADL’s poster. You’ll never guess what happened next.”

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/spoof-adl-ad-justifying-attack-gaza-goes-viral

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Iraqi Women!It is chaos in Iraq. In a matter of mere days, extremist militants have swept across the north of the country, seizing control of cities and triggering mass displacement. And they have set their sights on Baghdad.Our friends at The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq say: “This sudden turn of events is devastating. What we need to do now is protect ourselves and our sisters.”Allied organizations including MADRE are stepping up to help. Please do what you can to pitch in during this time of crisis!http://www.madre.org/index/get-involved-3/current-campaigns-9/urgent-action-needed-to-protect-iraqi-women-444.htmlYou can read OWFI’s full statement about developments in Iraq here:http://www.owfi.info/EN/article/on-the-occupation-of-mosul-and-the-cities-of-western-iraq/

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Iraqi Women!

It is chaos in Iraq. In a matter of mere days, extremist militants have swept across the north of the country, seizing control of cities and triggering mass displacement. And they have set their sights on Baghdad.

Our friends at The Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq say: “This sudden turn of events is devastating. What we need to do now is protect ourselves and our sisters.”

Allied organizations including MADRE are stepping up to help. Please do what you can to pitch in during this time of crisis!

http://www.madre.org/index/get-involved-3/current-campaigns-9/urgent-action-needed-to-protect-iraqi-women-444.html

You can read OWFI’s full statement about developments in Iraq here:
http://www.owfi.info/EN/article/on-the-occupation-of-mosul-and-the-cities-of-western-iraq/

FREE OUR JOURNALISTS!An Egyptian court sentenced Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed of conspiring with Muslim Brotherhood to between seven and 10 years in prison. The verdict comes less than a month after the election of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as Egypt’s president — a vote aimed at legitimizing the regime and repairing international relationships. But Egypt cannot be allowed to normalize ties so long as it continues to jail at least 14 journalists, including local freelancers such as Mahmoud Abou Zied!Our friends at the Committee to Protect Journalists are working tirelessly to expose Egypt’s shame and to support the illegally detained journalists. Please extend your support and solidarity!!https://www.cpj.org/blog/2014/06/egypts-shame.php

FREE OUR JOURNALISTS!

An Egyptian court sentenced Al-Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed of conspiring with Muslim Brotherhood to between seven and 10 years in prison. The verdict comes less than a month after the election of Abdel Fattah El-Sisi as Egypt’s president — a vote aimed at legitimizing the regime and repairing international relationships. But Egypt cannot be allowed to normalize ties so long as it continues to jail at least 14 journalists, including local freelancers such as Mahmoud Abou Zied!

Our friends at the Committee to Protect Journalists are working tirelessly to expose Egypt’s shame and to support the illegally detained journalists. Please extend your support and solidarity!!

https://www.cpj.org/blog/2014/06/egypts-shame.php

We are proud to support Focus on the Global of South, a group that challenges neoliberalism, militarism, and corporate-driven globalization while strengthening just and equitable alternatives. They are consistently doing groundbreaking work bringing together progressive social forces, especially in South East Asia.Recently, Focus published a report entitled “Beautiful Clothes, Ugly Realities,” which highlights the conditions of the garment industry in Cambodia. In one related protest, Cambodian garment workers confidently took to the catwalk carrying giant US$100 notes, which they then tore up. They placed the torn strips into different boxes labelled “food,” “water,” “electricity,” “utility,” “transport” and “health” to make the point they are not paid enough to survive.http://focusweb.org/content/cambodia-garment-workers-parade-beautiful-clothes-ugly-realities

We are proud to support Focus on the Global of South, a group that challenges neoliberalism, militarism, and corporate-driven globalization while strengthening just and equitable alternatives. They are consistently doing groundbreaking work bringing together progressive social forces, especially in South East Asia.

Recently, Focus published a report entitled “Beautiful Clothes, Ugly Realities,” which highlights the conditions of the garment industry in Cambodia. In one related protest, Cambodian garment workers confidently took to the catwalk carrying giant US$100 notes, which they then tore up. They placed the torn strips into different boxes labelled “food,” “water,” “electricity,” “utility,” “transport” and “health” to make the point they are not paid enough to survive.

http://focusweb.org/content/cambodia-garment-workers-parade-beautiful-clothes-ugly-realities

What do you think folks: Interesting project or problematic exercise?This woman sent her portrait to over 25 countries to compare their different beauty standards…“What I’ve learned from the project is this: Photoshop [may] allow us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more illusive.”http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/global-beauty-standards

What do you think folks: Interesting project or problematic exercise?

This woman sent her portrait to over 25 countries to compare their different beauty standards…

“What I’ve learned from the project is this: Photoshop [may] allow us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more illusive.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/global-beauty-standards